Read This Week

I read a lot this week, but I only finished two books because I have been making my way through 4 other books. I feel like I made no progress.

The Sandman Vol 2- Neil Gaiman
I don't like Neil Gaiman. There, I said it. I  have tried so many different works by him and we just don't jive. And I hate it, because he is such a genius, but his books are so chaotic that I can't stand it. I was hoping to start liking this graphic novel series, but I disliked this book just as much as the first one, I'm going to keep them around and try them again in a few years but I'm not expecting much.

The Snow Child- Eowyn Ivey
This book has a little of a misleading premise, so it wasn't what I expected but it ended up being a beautiful book about loss and friendship. I loved it, even though it wasn't my type of book.

And these are the four books that I'm in the middle of. I'm going to make an effort to finish these this weekend so I can start on new books!
The Magicians- Lev Grossman
Maybe Someday- Colleen Hoover
I am the Messenger- Markus Zusak
In the Woods- Tana French

Total unread books- 43

The New Perfume

I've been lusting after the Giorgio Armani Code Pour Femme for so long now, but I just wasn't sure if
it was for me. It's a much older, sexier fragrance than I normally go for. I've been gravitating toward more matuer scents lately with this, the Chloe fragrances, and the Stella fragrances, but to me, Code is on a completely new level, and I've been loving it.

Read This Week

I thought it might be a little less daunting doing weekly reading updates rather than monthly because I do read a ton! I finishes 4 books this week, and I'm in the middle of two.

A Game of Thrones- George R.R. Martin
I finished this book very late last night and AHHH. It was so great. This world is just getting bigger and bigger and the character are fantastic and awful with huge personalities and completely different voices. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

The Messenger- Lois Lowry
I didn't like this book. This is the third book in the Giver Quartet, and I was hoping that it would connect the stories a little bit, but it didn't. And I really didn't like the main character. I am going to read the last book in the series, because I have heard really good things about it, but so far, this series isn't very good.

The Song of Achilles- Madeline Miller
I finished this book on Sunday, and it was really good. I don't think I've ever read a book with and lgbt main character, and I definitely didn't expect it. It was done really well and I'm a huge sucker for greek mythology.

It's Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini
I bought this book for two reason, it has a fantastic cover, and it was popular. I didn't think I would like a book about depression. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. I may even check out other works by Mr. Vizzini.

And the two that I'm in the middle of are In the Woods by Tana French and a graphic novel: Sandman Vol 2 by Neil Gaiman. Hopefully I'll be done with those two next week to share my opinions with you!

Total unread books: 38 books

Also, check out this beautiful sky!

August To Read

I've never done and official reading list before, so I only picked out a few books to read this month, as  I have no idea how well I'll be able to stick with it!

I'm already currently reading In The Woods, but I'm only about 2 chapters in, so I still included it. But the fact that I started it is progress.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
In The Woods- Tana French
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair- Joel Dicker
Between Shades of Gray- Ruta Sepetys

My real goal is to reduce how many unread books I own. As of right now I own 46 unread books, which is just unexceptable. The reason I hate having so many unread books is that when I first buy them I'm so excited to read them, but then I put them away for other titles, and I NEVER get tot them. This list is a real testament to that. I absolutely needed The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, that I paid full price for it. And then didn't read it... 

I'm hoping to have 0 unread books by the end of the year, which shouldn't be too hard. I just have to start getting through my more thicker titles such as Game of Thrones.

Wish me luck!

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July Favorites

To me, August always means the end of summer, so it feels so weird that August is already upon us. July was a fantastic month though, I moved apartments, settled into a new job, and went to Boston!

First, I've been loving the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I'm thinking about branching out a little in the eyeliner department. I'm definitely going to pick up the new Benefit They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner next chance I get.

For a few months now I haven't been wearing any foundation at all, but then I picked up Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte and it is so easy to use with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It gives me very low coverage, which is exactly what I want in this summer heat.

I bought Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara on a whim a few weeks ago because I was weirdly completely out of mascara and I ended up loving it! I have had a lot of luck with Maybelline Mascars (as most people) and I look forward to trying more of them!

I got Stella McCartney Summer Eau De Toilette for Christmas last year (they no longer sell it) and now this it's actually summer I have been wearing it all the time. I have also become a complete perfume maniac. I used to be a one-or-two-perfumes type of girl, but my sister has about 10-15 rollerballs and I'm so jealous of that diversity. I have a long wish list of fragrance alone!

I actually have two nail favorites this month. I've been very into taking care of my nails lately so I've been buying a few products here and there. Two of my favorites have been OPI Nail Envy and Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. I have notices a huge difference in the quality of my nails and the longevity of my nail polish!

I've been breaking out so much lately so The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil has been a real savior. I prefer this more natural alternative to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. It works really well, but I hate the smell! If anyone knows of any natural acne treatments that don't smell terrible, please please please let me know!

Also, can we please talk about how excited I am for the relaunch of Stella by Stella McCartney. Such such such beautiful bottles! I can't decide if I want the big bottle (to match my Stella Summer) or the small- both are perfection.

Review | Bioderma

I was in a beauty rut for so long because I wasn't really finding what I was missing and then a bunch of products came along that were amazing and it changed the whole game. One of which was Bioderma. I have tried a lot of makeup removers, but never before have I encountered one that clears all of my eye makeup in one swipe. It's a genius product and it was definitely worth tracking down and paying a little extra to get it in the U.S.

If you live in the U.S. check out my post one how to get it here.

Have you tried Bioderma?

A Few Odd Products

I got so many amazing products over the past month with Christmas and my birthday. Along with all the undoubtably great products I got a few products that I just don't know how to feel.

Michael Todd Avocado and Mango Mask
I got this Michael Todd mask that I've been wanting for a while. It smells amazing but burns like no other. It's in product limbo for me, where I don't know if I really love it or not. I'm not usually so finicky, I either like something or I don't.

Lush Ultrabland Cleanser
This is the only "odd" products that I actually hate on this list. The is the worst cleanser that I have ever used. It's sticky and leaves my face feeling dirty. It's such a weird consistence that it almost resistant to water- I have to scrub with a towel to get it off my face.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Dry Washing Grains
Last month The Body Shop brought out all of their summer items from last year and sold them extremely cheap- I got $5 body butter and delicious shower gels and this very strange product. Dry washing grains, like a body scrub, but dry. It's not as strange as I thought it would be, mainly, it just feels like a normal scrub after you get past sticking your wet hand in a dry jar. Odd non the less.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter
I love Soap & Glory's body butters, they have an amazing formula, so that is not what I find weird about this product. It's the smell. It smells exactly like the soda Sprite, not just the body butter either, the whole line smells like Sprite.

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette
This is a palette that I asked for for Christmas so it didn't come as any shock, but I am extremely shocked at how much I love it. It has the strangest, not neutral colors in the world yet it is amazing. I just find it odd that I (a neutral loving girl) likes this so much and that's why it made it onto this list.

I just realized that 4 out of the 5 products here were given to me by my sister, I'm sorry Amelia, you know how to pick some weird products.

Have you tried any odd products lately?

100 Day Spending Ban | Beauty and Books

After getting a ton of new beauty products and books for Christmas there is no reason that I should be buying anything new so I am putting myself on a spending ban. I have a few rules for myself.

1. I can buy a product if I am completely out of something. I'm about to be out of foundation and I am in need of toner as well. I'm going to be really strict on myself with this one even after the spending ban because I just bought like 4 lip balms. Why? Because I'm an addict...

2. I can start buying books if I read all of my unreads- this is unlikely because I have a HUGE stack of unread books waiting to be loved. At the moment I'm reading Insurgent.

3. I can buy clothes, a lot of spending bans include it but I am in desperate need to go clothes shopping so after I save up some money I'm going to treat myself with a shopping spree, probably at the local outlet mall.

This will go on until April 10 and I'll probably be doing monthly updates until then! Wish me luck!

Honey On The Lips

There's nothing better then a honey scented product, and more importantly, honey lip products. Here are a few of my favorites.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Honey- $8.99
This first one is sort of cheating, it doesn't really have a honey scent at all, but this particular color is called honey. I wanted to add it because I love the color, it's really unique and beautiful. Perfect fora no-makeup makeup look or on the go when I don't have a mirror with me.

The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Butter- $6.00
Honeymania has been one of my all time favorite fragranced products- it smells more floral than honey and is just beautiful on the skin.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm- $19.00
This is a miracle product. I can't believe that I hadn't tried it until just recently considering how lip balm obsessed I am.

Fresh Sugar Honey Lip Treatment- $22.50
In a blind test I don't think I would be able to distinguish this from the other Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, so this definitely isn't very honey like, but non the less, I like it a lot. It is more sheer then most of the others so I just wear it as a lip moisturizer and it's amazing. I love all of these Fresh Lip Treatments, it's definitely worth the money.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm- $12.00
This one isn't my favorite because it's not very "balm-y" but it gives a nice little shimmer.